YAKIMA - Michael Graham grabbed first place honors in the 55 meter hurdles and Fatima Ruelas was first and second in the 100 and 300 meters, respectively, to lead the Sunnyside boys and girls track teams in the season opening Ike Jamboree at Zaepfel Stadium this past Saturday.
"We had a really good meet," observed Grizzly Track Coach Robin Bryson. "There were a lot of improvements on performances last year."
Bryson noted that Cassie Jolliff tied her school record in the girls pole vault with a mark of nine feet. "She came really close to 9-6," Bryson said of Jolliff's first-place effort at the Eisenhower meet.
In addition to Graham, who recorded a time of 9.10 in the 55 hurdles, the Grizzly boys were paced by Sterling Scott's fifth-place time of 2:58.58 in the 1,000 meters.
In the 600 meter dash, Sunnyside's Gracen Gonzalez (1:37.00) and Jacob Rogers (1:38.11) were fifth and sixth, respectively.
Jonas Linde also earned a fifth-place finish for the Grizzlies by posting a time of 39.54 for fifth-place in the 300.
In the girls meet, Ruelas recorded times of 13.35 and 43.52 in the 100 and 300 meters, respectively.
Yanet Candido bested the field in the 1,000 meters with a first-place time of 3:23.20. Brittany Messmore was not far behind in the same event, taking third place by finishing in 3:28.50.
Teresa Ramos was second for the Lady Grizzlies in the 600 with a time of 1:56.62. Teammate Evelyn Candido was fourth in the same event, posting a time of 2:06.80.
The Lady Grizzlies 4x400 relay team of Messmore, Evelyn Candido, Ramos and Yanet Candido crossed the finish line in 4:52.61 to take third place.
Carly Dahlstrom had a fifth-place throw in the javelin with a distance of 87-7.
"Across the board we had athletes starting off with strong marks," Bryson said of Sunnyside's effort at the non-scoring Ike Jamboree, which featured shortened distances in some events. "The purpose of the jamboree is to give the kids a chance to compete, give the new kids a feel for the competition and the returners a chance to compare how they are doing this year with last year."
Sunnyside returns to the cinder track this Thursday at Hanford. The Grizzlies' first league meet is next Tuesday at Prosser.